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Lake Mattoon

Coles County, IL
Coles County, IL
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Lake Mattoon is located approximately twelve miles southwest of Mattoon and about 1.5 miles northwest of Neoga, in parts of Shelby, Coles, and Cumberland Counties.
The lake covers 1050 surface acres with a maximum depth of 31 feet and average depth of 11.4 feet. Public boat launching facilities are available and the City of Mattoon (217-895-2922 or 234-3611) collects a boating access fee, which covers Lake Paradise as well. All tournaments must be scheduled through the City of Mattoon.
Pole and line fishing only, with no more than two poles allowed per person, with only two hooks or lures per pole. After sunset the entire lake is no wake. Camping, a swimming beach, live bait, fishing tackle, ice, and drinks are available.
988 acres
LAKE SIZE
31 feet
MAX DEPTH
BOATING RESTRICTIONS
Unrestricted
AMENITIES
Boat Landing
Camping
Swimming
Boat Rentals
Picnicking
Skiing
FISH TO CATCH
Bluegill
Channel Catfish
Crappie
Flathead Catfish
Hybrid Striped Bass
Largemouth Bass
Carp
Drum (Sheepshead)
Saugeye
NOTE: This list may not be all inclusive of all speices present in Lake Mattoon.
FISHING OUTLOOK
BLUEGILL
Fair FAIR
Few fish exceed 7.5 inches, but most have a heavy body weight.
CARP
Good GOOD
Abundant with fish exceeding 10 lbs.
CHANNEL CATFISH
Good GOOD
Currently abundant in the lake through primarily natural recruitment. The average catch goes from 3/4 - 4.5 lbs., with the occasional fish over 10 pounds caught.
CRAPPIE
Excellent EXCELLENT
Both white and black crappie are abundant. Growth rates vary from slow to fast within this population. However, anglers may still catch crappie up to 13 inches and 3/4 lbs.
FLATHEAD CATFISH
Poor POOR
Catch and release is encouraged as abundance is low.
FRESHWATER DRUM
Average AVERAGE
Moderately abundant with fish exceeding 10 lbs.
HYBRID STRIPED BASS (WIPERS)
Good GOOD
Hybrid striped bass are stocked annually with population density varying with stocking density. Good numbers of hybrid striped bass have been caught in recent years by anglers. Numbers of hybrids are caught below the spillway in early spring. Catch rates of hybrid striped bass were high during the standardized fall survey in 2012 and good in 2013.
LARGEMOUTH BASS
Fair FAIR
Moderate in abundance due to a lack of aquatic vegetation for nursery habitat. Decent numbers of bass from .5-3 lbs. are present with fish over 6 lbs. caught on occasion.
SAUGEYE (Walleye/Sauger Hybrid)
Fair FAIR
Saugeye were initially stocked in 2010. Saugeye are moderate in abundance with anglers reporting catches of some legal saugeye. The 2012 and 2013 year classes look strong.
PLACES TO SAY
STAY 22: Lake Mattoon
HISTORY AND STATUS OF FISHERY
The fish population in Lake Mattoon is intensively surveyed every two years, primarily by electrofishing. The fish are measured, weighed, and scales collected before releasing them alive. Hybrid striped bass, and saugeye, populations are being maintained by annual stockings. In addition to the species listed above, yellow bass, longear sunfish, green sunfish, warmouth, and yellow and black bullheads are present, but are seldom harvested by fishermen due to the small size attained by these species.

CONTACT / CONTROLLING AUTHORITY
Lake Mattoon Marina
217-895-2922 (winter: 217-234-3611)
IDNR Fisheries Biologist, Mike Mounce
217-345-2420
NOTICE: Lake-Link Inc assumes no responsibility or liability for any errors or omissions of the information for Lake Mattoon. Although we strive to provide the most accurate information as we can the information contained in this page is provided on an "as is" basis with no guarantees of completeness, accuracy, usefulness or timeliness.
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